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OK let’s start with the obvious. Calf guards make you look funny, at least they do me. There's something ever so slightly 1980's leg warmers about them, and initially it's difficult to shake off a slight fear that at any moment a bunch of lycra clad leg warmer/calf guard wearers will leap out of the bushes and start singing Fame as they cavort around you....but I’m a convert. For the unaware, calf guards are basically compression sleeves which extend from just above the ankle to just short of the knee. Their function is fundamentally to protect and support the calf...

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I spent a lot of my early running days in awe of those hardcore nutters who run the fabled Ultra. 'Yeah man, it was tough - twenty hours into it my left leg fell off, and I swear my ultra beard fused to my buff.  Had to break the new skids in on the run, 'cos with the vomiting bug I had, only managed to clock 300 miles last week'.  How do they do that?  Are they even human?  Well, I’ve just done my second ultra-distance race, and one in a similar format race to the first one I did...

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I’d bet that if you did an analysis on the most written and talked about subject for us runners you’d find it is probably training plans. Or maybe injuries. Not so long ago I had a bit of a surprise when I managed a 10K PB, breaking my previous best by nearly a minute. In truth, most of could take a good slug off our PB times with the proper application; follow a decent training plan with event specific sessions and the appropriate intensity, duration and frequency. And for most of us, when we get bitten by the bug (or...

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Today I woke up to a snowy vista, a perfect blanket of snow with not yet a tyre track to disturb its perfection.  I’d planned to do a long run, but that didn’t look at all wise, so I settled back to enjoy a leisurely cup of tea.  ‘Only an idiot would go running in that. Only an idiot would go running in that. Only an idiot…….’

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This time of the year, with the days so short, it’s inevitable that your available run time will dramatically decrease unless you’re prepared to run in the dark. Until recently, I’d equated that to either finding a route under some convenient streetlights, or being reduced to taking up gym membership so you could use a treadmill. OK, I’d obviously never do the latter, but I guess it’s an option for some. I’ve recently discovered an informal running group which organises a run the same day every week at 7pm. These runs took advantage of the fantastic countryside around where I...

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